If you paid any attention to the recent Great Falls City election, you know that three things are true: a positive, pro-growth, pro-transparency agenda reigned over all, that name ID and incumbency forgave serial malfeasance, and that screeching, far-left nobodies were tossed into the electoral trash heap.
What is one to make, then, of last-place finisher Jasmine Taylor, whose since-deleted Facebook rant single-handedly triggered a hit piece from Tribune reporter Karl Puckett against the eventual leading vote-getter, Rick Tryon?
During the campaign, then-candidate Tryon had a dustup with Bill Strizich. According to Tryon, it was a private conversation and not newsworthy. According to leftist activists (and Puckett — are they one and the same?), it was precisely the thing to publish on the very day that absentee ballots were mailed out for the election (though the “incident” in question took place days before).
I asked Tryon about the Tribune piece.
“Karl Puckett told me that the story in question was newsworthy because it was posted online,” Tryon said.
Well, there you have it.
What a laudable editorial standard.
Despite Taylor admitting at the time that she had no firsthand knowledge of the exchange between Tryon and Strizich, a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune nevertheless found it appropriate to bring Rick Tryon to heel as a result of Taylor’s deeply partisan hearsay.
You can’t find the original high-sounding, moralistic, preachy post from Taylor’s Facebook feed anymore, because something interesting happened. In the comments section on her post, Taylor herself was credibly accused of actual violence. Acting like a typically guilty person (and after realizing she had just been outed as a hypocrite), Taylor quickly deleted the post to cover up her own allegedly violent past, though not before one of our readers sent it to me today:
For those who don’t know, for many years, Rachel Kaiser has been a community institution, with her artwork and murals delightfully decorating our downtown. I believe her, and invite her to continue to speak truth to power.
The question, though, is will Karl Puckett and the Tribune exact the same journalistic diligence — since a similar allegation was merely thrown about “online” — against a shrill, far-left candidate for the state legislature as it did against Tryon?
You see, this sort of deep dive oughtn’t be a retrospective. In fact, it couldn’t be more timely or topical.
Amusingly, Jasmine Taylor just filed to run as a Democrat in House District 22 against two-term incumbent Lola Sheldon-Galloway (R-Great Falls).
So what will Puckett do?
Time will tell, but given how odious Taylor is, I’m hearing that even the RINO’s are lining up to support “Grandma Lola.” Apparently, a public Facebook profile celebrating abortion just isn’t resonating on the West Side.
I can’t believe the Democrats are this hard up, but I guess they are.